The draft is 3 days away and this will be the final mock draft. We've seen teams add through free agency and trades. We've also seen prospects move up and down a lot since the Senior Bowl and Combine. All of that is combined to make this final mock draft. Last year the draft was about 45% accurate by either team or exact spot that the player was drafted. This year we're aiming for 60%, so take a look at the mock draft below and use the comment section to leave your opinions on the selections.
1 - KC: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
Today John Clayton told 610 Sports Radio host Jay Binkley that he fully expects the Chiefs to deal Brandon Albert to the Dolphins during the first day of the draft. That further solidifies their need for a bookend Left Tackle. Joeckel is the most polished and experienced tackle in the draft and can step in and start day one.
2 - JAX: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
Jacksonville has been searching for a dynamic pass rusher for what seems to be a decade. Jordan gives them just that and his ability to stand up and play linebacker makes it hard for an offense to pinpoint defensive schemes.
3 - OAK: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
The Raiders need help at every position at this point but I can’t see them going for QB with the addition of Matt Flynn. So I have them taking a player that can solidify the middle of their defense. Floyd showed the ability to dominate the line of scrimmage at Florida and his quickness should translate well to the NFL.
4 - ARI: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (Trade W/PHI)
Arizona trades up to grab their offensive tackle of the future. Carson Palmer may not have much left in the tank but keep him upright will help him use the little that he does have. Fisher is hyper-athletic and isn’t near his ceiling as a lineman.
5 - DET: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
Ansah is the most intriguing prospect in this draft class and with the two highest tackles off of the board the Lions add a defensive end to their two 1st round D-tackles. Ansah is raw enough to learn whatever scheme a team needs him to and he showed the ability to adjust to better competition during his Senior Bowl week.
6 - CLE: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
The Browns would love to trade out of this spot but I see them being forced to stay here and draft the best player available. Eifert has been pegged to the Browns in other mocks but he isn’t worth a top 10 selection and Cleveland has other needs. Milliner would give them a formidable tandem on the edges and allow them to take more chances in the blitz game.
7 - PHI: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (Trade W/ARI)
Philly acquires an additional 3rd Round pick and moves back 3 spots. They end up getting the player they’ve coveted any way with DT Star Lotulelei. Star would be a hybrid, Haloti Ngata, type of player in Chip’s defensive scheme and make a great partner for Fletcher Cox.
8 - SD: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Trade W/BUF)
San Diego moves up 3 spots to ensure that they get an offensive tackle in round 1. The Jets are in the market for a Right Tackle but I believe they bring in Andre Smith or Eric Winston to fill that void now that Revis cleared some 9 million in cap. Phillip Rivers has declined the past 3 seasons and getting him help has to be priority number one.
9 - NYJ: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The Jets use their first pick in the draft to select a much needed pass rusher. Rex Ryan hasn’t had one since he’s been in New York and the easiest way to make a secondary look better is by getting a guy that can get to the QB.
10 - TEN: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
The Titans signed Adam Levitre in free agency but CJ2k wants to prove that he is an elite runner again and the easiest way for that to happen is by drafting the best run blocker in this draft class. Warmack would solidify the line for the Titans and make them a threat against any front seven.
11 - BUF: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse (Trade W/SD)
Buffalo gains SD’s 3rd round pick and still gets their man under center. Nassib can sit behind Kevin Kolb for the first 6 weeks of the season and then take over after the bye week. Buffalo has plenty of options offensively to take pressure off of Nassib and they can use the added 3rd rounder to grab a talented WR.
12 - STL: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (Trade W/MIA)
St. Louis moves up to grab Bradford a much-needed weapon on the outside. Austin’s stock has skyrocketed since the combine and many people see him as the next Percy Harvin, minus the attitude though.
13 - NYJ: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
A new GM means a new QB. The Jets are now obviously rebuilding and Mark Sanchez has shown what he is capable of accomplishing with the Jets. He needs a change of venue and the Jets need a changing of the guard at Quarterback. Geno would be the first step in bringing excitement back to the Green & White in NY.
14 - CAR: Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas
Vaccaro is the best safety in a class filled with good ones. He has the range to okay sideline to sideline and is one of the best pound-for-pound tacklers in the draft. Carolina needs help in the back end of their defense and Vaccaro could add to the leadership of last years DROY Kuechly.
15 - NO: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia
Jarvis Jones slips due to injury concerns and the Saints nabs themselves a 3-4 pass rusher w/ proven production. Jones will fit in well in Rob Ryan’s defense and the Saints have no one with the ability to stand up and rush the passer.
16 - MIA: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Trade W/STL)
Miami adds a 3rd round draft pick by dropping a few slots; they probably package it to get Brandon Albert from the Chiefs. They select Xavier Rhodes with this selection. They lost Davis through trade last season & Smith in free agency. They have nothing on the corners and will need to select multiple in this draft.
17 - PIT: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Steelers would love to take Jones at this spot but he’s gone and any other OLB would be a reach, so they go for the #1 rated WR in the draft. Patterson isn’t a polished route runner and doesn’t have much experience, sounds familiar? Same things were said about Mike Wallace. Patterson could step right in and produce with the helps of Big Ben’s cannon arm.
18 - DAL: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Dallas makes the smart pick here and takes the second best OG prospect. They were horrible on the interior of their line last year and Cooper sliding next to Smith would give them a young/talented left side.
19 - NYG: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Giants line gets an immediate upgrade with Fluker. He was underrated as a pass blocker last season; Fluker had great games against Mingo of LSU and Moore of T A&M. Fluker played for the best team in the best conference in college football, which makes him polished enough to start from day 1 and not let Giants fans suffer through another season of David Diehl.
20 - CHI: Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Ogletree has slid because of off the field issues but he remains the most athletic LB in the draft and the Bears are hurting for linebackers after the departure of Urlacher.
21 - CIN: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Reid fits the mold of what the Bengals covet at safety. He is a rangy, fast, and hard-hitting safety on the back end. He digressed this past season but that can be expected after losing Claiborne to the draft & Mathieu to suspension. HE was surrounded by youth and had to worry about everyone else doing their job. Reid could be the missing piece for a playoff defense looking to take hold of the division.
22 - STL: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Eifert gives the Rams another big time weapon for Sam Bradford. It’s time to see what you have at QB and Bradford will have no excuses after they bring in 3 or 4 dynamic young pieces.
23 - MIN: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
DeAndre Hopkins is a great receiver who took over games at Clemson these past few seasons. Bad bathroom etiquette aside this kid can ball and he will be a great step towards replacing Percy Harvin. The team can’t afford to be the worst passing offense again next season.
24 - IND: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Indy has the luxury of drafting who ever they want regardless of need or position. They will be in every game because of Andrew Luck and now they can just add to his greatness. Lacy rounds out the offense and surrounds Luck with another 25 & under star.
25 - SF: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International (Trade W/ MIN)
Cyprien pops out of the screen when you watch his tape. He hits like Bernard Pollard but covers much better. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned out to be the best DB in this class. The Niners just lost Goldston and Cyprien will probably be an upgrade.
26 - JAX: Matt Barkley, QB, USC (Trade W/GB)
The first of the trades for a QB late in the 1st. Jacksonville could stay put but they’d risk losing out on their guy. It’ll on cost the Jags a 4th this year and a 3rd next year to move up so why not grab Barkley to be the future of the franchise. Barkley gets the most out of talented players, so he’d get max potential out of Blackmon, Lewis, and MJD.
27 - HOU: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Houston always uses the draft to fill needs and they need another threat opposite of Andre Johnson. Hunter ran a blazing 4.4 4o at his pro day and looks to be recovering nicely from his leg injury. He is an incredible deep pass receiver and won’t see any double teams as the Texans’ 2nd WR.
28 - DEN: Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
“Tank” Carradine is shooting up draft boards as we approach draft day. He would’ve been a top 10 pick at defensive end if he didn’t blow his knee in October. He should be ready for the start of next season though and the Broncos could use someone to take Elvis Dummerville’s vacated spot across from Von Miller.
29 - PHI: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State (Trade W/ NE)
The Eagles use the 3rd round pick they picked up for trading back early in the first to move up into the back end and select the QB of the future. Manuel’s cannon arm and mobility makes him ideal for Chip’s offense. He is smart enough to learn the intricacies of the offense by the time Vick inevitably gets injured.
30 - ATL: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Falcons need help at corner after losing Dunta Robinson to free agency. Trufant’s speed is impressive and he was one of the lone standouts on UW’s defense.
31 - MIN: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (Trade W/SF)
The Vikings took a WR with their first pick so they’ll address their non-existent secondary with their second. They only have 3 corners on the roster and need to find at least two in this draft. Banks is a big bodied corner that can match up with Jordy Nelson, Megatron, and Brandon Marshall within the division twice a year.
32 - BAL: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Ravens are Super Bowl champs so they can do what they please with this pick. Linebacker may be an immediate need after Rolando McClain’s most recent arrest but I have them sticking it out with him and drafting Anquan Boldin’s replacement. Allen was a game changer at Cal and Ozzie Newsome won’t be scared off by a slow 40 time or some off field character concerns.
33 - GB: Matt Elam, SS, Florida (Trade W/JAX)
34 - SF: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
35 - NE: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri (Trade W/PHI)
36 - DET: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.
37 - CIN: Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
38 - ARI: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
39 - NYJ: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
40 - TEN: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
41 - BUF: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
42 - MIA: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
43 - TB: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
44 - CAR: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
45 - SD: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
46 - STL: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
47 - DAL: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
48 - PIT: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
49 - NYG: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
50 - CHI: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
51 - WAS: Jon Bostic, ILB, Florida
52 - MIN: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
53 - CIN: Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
54 - KC: Kiko Alanso, ILB, Oregon
55 - GB: Robert Woods, WR, USC
56 - SEA: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
57 - HOU: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
58 - DEN: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
59 - NE: Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
60 - ATL: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
61 - MIN: Da'Rick Rogers, WR, Tennessee Tech (Trade W/SF)
62 - BAL: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State